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Jan 22, 2015 08:42AM

1357 There does seem to be a connection between food and cozies; if the amateur sleuth doesn't cook, food is still often mentioned in some manner. I compiled a cookbook of cozy mystery writers called "Cozy Food." 128 writers contributed recipes associated with their cozies, but not all had them in their books.

Perhaps you can compromise like I and many of them do. We have a recipe or two associated with our books (my protagonist is a Realtor who bakes cookies at open houses) but offer them on our website instead of in our books. You could say, "for a recipe for crazy Jillian's famous muffins, go to my website and download a free copy."
Dec 19, 2014 02:31PM

1357 Or for mystery writers like me.
Nov 13, 2014 04:48PM

1357 Give me some time. I have to finish book six in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series and then I'm planning to do a series called Geezers With Tools which will have male leads.
1357 Just followed your blog. These posts are going to be entertaining as all get-out.
Oct 30, 2014 10:59AM

1357 Marja,
That's one of my favorite movies. It oozes charm and fun.
Oct 30, 2014 07:46AM

1357 Got a kick out of this.
"What's the difference between a cat and a comma? One has claws at the end of its paws, the other's a pause at the end of a clause." -- Jake from Cruzio

Do you have other writerly phrases to share?
Sep 07, 2014 09:48PM

1357 The Widow's Walk League opens on Halloween night with a figure of death handing out dates to people telling them when they will die. One man gets a note saying he will be dead within the hour.
Jul 31, 2014 01:47PM

1357 You realize book writing is addictive, though, don't you? You'll have one, but more will follow. I'm up to five mysteries, one novel about octogenarian bank robbers, and most recently I edited a cookbook called "Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes."
Jul 31, 2014 12:09PM

1357 Pearl, genetics are just a starting point. That said, never put off doing what you love; you never know how much time you have.

I dedicated my first book to a friend who was always going to finish writing her book someday. She died of a brain tumor (three months from diagnosis to death) and said her one regret was not having finished a book so she could see her name in print. We threw together a micro publishing company and put out a book I had finished and put on a shelf never intending to do more with it so she could at least see her name in a book before she died.
Jul 30, 2014 09:06AM

1357 I started writing because I was bored and Sudoku wasn't enough, lol. Sherry, that's exactly the way I feel. Marketing is fun, too, and a great way to meet new people.
Jul 29, 2014 01:21PM

1357 Writing not only keeps the mind active, but lets writers know that they can live in the future instead of only the past, keeps loneliness at bay, and keeps writers entertained.
Company names (7 new)
Jul 04, 2014 09:53AM

1357 I use real names in Santa Cruz where my mysteries are set and show what I've done to store owners. So far, they all love being in the books...of course I've never killed anyone in a named location.

For "Mags and the AARP Gang," I deliberately made the setting a coastal California town and references to the institution where the robbery took place involved name changes. However, I did mention a couple of chain stores like Ross and Cost Plus World Market.
Cozy Reviews (12 new)
Jun 30, 2014 01:57PM

1357 I have choices for you. There are five books in my Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series which would be defined as cozy-style reads and a novel about a group of renegade octogenarian bank robbers called "Mags and the AARP Gang" which has a mystery structure, but isn't a mystery. You can read first chapters at http://www.goodreadmysteries.com and decide if any interest you.
Cozy Reviews (12 new)
Jun 30, 2014 01:45PM

1357 Would you consider reviewing books on your own?
Jun 24, 2014 09:40AM

1357 Well done.
Jun 09, 2014 08:36AM

1357 Take a look at "Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes." If you look the book up on Amazon, especially in Kindle Version, you can jump to the table of contents in preview mode (no buying required) and see the whole list or you can look at the back cover and see the names there, too. That should keep you in names for quite some time.
Cozy recipes (38 new)
Jun 06, 2014 02:35PM

1357 I made Joyce Oroz's sweet and chewwie gluten-free brownies made with black beans because they intrigued me. They were good the first day but benefit from an overnight in the fridge. There were fights the next day as to finishing-off rights.
Jun 06, 2014 09:22AM

1357 The group doesn't seem to be at a lose for names and authors, but if you want more or reminders, take a look at "Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes." If you look the book up on Amazon, especially in Kindle Version, you can jump to the table of contents in preview mode (no buying required) and see the whole list or you can look at the back cover and see the names there, too.
Cozy recipes (38 new)
May 24, 2014 08:04AM

1357 My pleasure, Frances. Holiday dinners are always a challenge at my house with a vegetarian, extreme red meat eaters, white meat only eaters, and one who won't eat anything that has lived in water. Your Yorkshire pudding just might unite them in a dish they can all enjoy.
Reading a series (17 new)
May 19, 2014 09:44AM

1357 Sandra,
You don't read mysteries front to back? You mean all my carefully planted clues and reveals are for naught, LOL?
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